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Silver Cross Foundation receives grants for COVID-19 relief efforts, open heart surgery program

Earlier this month, Shannon Mills, New Lenox Walmart general manager and several associates, personally presented $5,000 in gift cards for the hospital's employee assistance fund
Earlier this month, Shannon Mills, New Lenox Walmart general manager and several associates, personally presented $5,000 in gift cards for the hospital's employee assistance fund

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Over the last several months, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox received a total of $11,500 in community grants and gift cards from the Walmart stores in New Lenox, Joliet and Lockport to support the hospital’s COVID-19 relief efforts and advance heart care services.

Earlier in May, New Lenox Walmart general manager Shannon Mills and several sales associates personally presented $5,000 in gift cards for the hospital’s employee assistance fund

The gift cards will be given to Silver Cross employees, especially those who are experiencing financial hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Tracy Simons, executive director of the Silver Cross Foundation.

In addition, Mills commissioned a $5,000 grant to support the nonprofit hospital’s general operating fund.

During the past two months, Silver Cross has cared for over 2,100 patients who have been suspected or tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Simons said.

The Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program awards grants of $250 to $5,000 through Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and Logistics facilities.

In addition, Silver Cross received $1,000 from Joliet and $500 from the Lockport stores to advance heart care services in the community.

Silver Cross Hospital recently embarked on constructing a 33,000-square-foot, two-story addition on the east side of the hospital that will include two cardiovascular operating rooms, two dedicated open heart operating rooms, a hybrid room for minimally invasive heart procedures and two dedicated recovery rooms and a dedicated patient elevator to the hospital’s new 16-bed cardiovascular unit

When construction is complete in late 2020, Silver Cross will have the ability to provide innovative, multi-specialty care for patients with advanced and complex coronary disease.

This includes surgery to correct the abnormalities of the heart structure such as repairing and replacing aortic and mitral valves.

Minimally invasive valve replacement now provides a viable alternative to patients for whom conventional surgery is considered too risky.

It also offers the potential benefits of lower risk of infection, less trauma to the chest and heart muscle tissue, reduced length of stay in the hospital and a quicker recovery.

For more information or to donate to the Campaign for Heart Care, visit silvercross.org/heart.

To support Silver Cross Hospital’s COVID-19 relief efforts, visit silvercross.org/giving/donate-now.

For information about the Walmart Foundation’s grant programs, visit ">“giving.walmart.com/foundation.

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